What does feminism mean to you?

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 6:20am

I noted that feminism was touched upon in another thread and that people involved in the discussion seemed to have different definitions and outlooks on feminism. I'm curious about all of these different views and definitions not only as a student, but in the context of the WOH/SAH debate. 

FWIW, this wouldn't be the first place that I've heard about varying levels of feminism. I once stumbled across a group of women who were proud to tell me that they were anti-feminist, because they didn't hate men and they enjoyed wearing bras and having babies.

So, what does feminism mean to you? Do you think that feminism is big and complex enough to have multiple definitions?

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 9:20am

I absolutely think it's broad enough to encompass many meaings.  For me in an ideal world Feminism means supporting the choices of all women, no matter what they may be,  working, not working, children, birth control, choice,  etc.. it means ensuring open doors and access to educational opportunities at all levels, equal pay for equal work, shattering the glass ceiling and then reaching back to help other women through,  it means empowering girls to speak up and show their smarts and not feel self concsious for being smart -- it means an end to strong women like Secretary Clinton having to 'mansplain' to the panel of old white men how she does her job.   It means an end to sexist jokes and sexual harrassment, it means a world where the concept of a women president isn't that far off, and most of all world where women support each other rather than look for ways to tear each other down.  That's what it means to me.

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 12:36pm

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” ― Rebecca West

just_another_marla wrote:
<p>I noted that feminism was touched upon in another thread and that people involved in the discussion seemed to have different definitions and outlooks on feminism. I'm curious about all of these different views and definitions not only as a student, but in the context of the WOH/SAH debate. </p><p>FWIW, this wouldn't be the first place that I've heard about varying levels of feminism. I once stumbled across a group of women who were proud to tell me that they were anti-feminist, because they didn't hate men and they enjoyed wearing bras and having babies.</p><p>So, what does feminism mean to you? Do you think that feminism is big and complex enough to have multiple definitions?</p>

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 2:50pm

Feminism or Feminist?  Two different words, Two totally different meanings IMO. 

With two teenage daughters I sometimes throw the word, "feminine" out when discussing hygeine, make up routines etc.  Feminist reminds me of the 1970s woman's movement that has gained a lot of attention in recent years too.

I think it depends on the context and the company you're around. 

 

 

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 3:54pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>Feminism or Feminist?  Two different words, Two totally different meanings IMO. </p><p>With two teenage daughters I sometimes throw the word, "feminine" out when discussing hygeine, make up routines etc.  Feminist reminds me of the 1970s woman's movement that has gained a lot of attention in recent years too.</p><p>I think it depends on the context and the company you're around. </p>

Did you perhaps mean "Feminine" and "Feminist" are two words with completely separate meanings?  Because feminist and feminism refer to the same thing; the feminist being a person who adheres to the ideology of feminism.

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 4:43pm

Feminism is the act of being a Feminist and I would be really surprised to think that any of us on this board are not Feminists to some degree, especially those of us with daughters (Like you and me!) who want a world for our girls where the playing field is levelled, the glass ceiling shattered, and their choices fully and wholly supported

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 6:31pm

BeaArthurisMyReligion wrote:
<p>Feminism is the act of being a Feminist and I would be really surprised to think that any of us on this board are not Feminists to some degree, especially those of us with daughters (Like you and me!) who want a world for our girls where the playing field is levelled, the glass ceiling shattered, and their choices fully and wholly supported</p>

Ditto. Feminine is completely different that feminism or feminist. To be feminine is to be girly. Bea's definition (and Bord's as well) are spot on, IMO.

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 7:01pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>Feminism or Feminist?  Two different words, Two totally different meanings IMO. </p><p>With two teenage daughters I sometimes throw the word, "feminine" out when discussing hygeine, make up routines etc.  Feminist reminds me of the 1970s woman's movement that has gained a lot of attention in recent years too.</p><p>I think it depends on the context and the company you're around. </p>

Feminine hygiene and the feminist social movement are very different things. What do you mean by the woman's movement that has gained attention in recent years? Was feminism dormant, IYO?

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 7:18pm

I think I misread the title of the discussion, Ha, Thanks! Feminist is a more common word than feminism IMO and about raising daughters, I'm not so caught up into what you are perhaps, Aside from shopping style and differences You'll have to prove to me where the unequal "playing field" is. All of my kids are in co-ed sports but I expect that to change once DS starts middle school soccer. In so far as career direction I won't encourage or discourage any one thing, I truly don't think there's enough evidence that women are paid less on the dollar than men for the same job/requiring the same skills, Many, many males and females work side by side anymore. 

 

 

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 7:49pm
If you are looking for evidence of systematic discrimination against women in the last fifty years.....thee have been countless studies....perhaps your university library could be of help.
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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 8:10pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>Feminism or Feminist?  Two different words, Two totally different meanings IMO. </p><p>With two teenage daughters I sometimes throw the word, "feminine" out when discussing hygeine, make up routines etc.  Feminist reminds me of the 1970s woman's movement that has gained a lot of attention in recent years too.</p><p>I think it depends on the context and the company you're around. </p>

I fear for the state of the world when the word "feminist" is distilled into "the 1970s woman's movement that has gained a lot of attention in recent years too."  It's like describing the universe as "it's where you go to get to the moon."

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